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Inclusive Communities

Housing is fundamental to achieving economic stability, better health outcomes, and thriving families and communities.

But systemic racism in the policies and laws that drive housing development and community investment result in skyrocketing rents, substandard living conditions, and continuing segregation of Black and Brown communities. We advocate at the local, state, and national levels to address the crisis in affordable housing in America, to enforce equal opportunity for housing, and to fight for tenants’ rights to healthy homes and neighborhoods.

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Our Insights

A year ago, Illinois passed a law making it a civil rights violation to deny housing based on an individual's source of income. Housing justice attorney Joerika Stitt looks at the law's impact.

This can never happen again.

The stimulus bill is taking its place in history as one of the largest anti-poverty measures in a generation.

Now is the time to push for innovative solutions and reimagine the eviction system’s role in perpetuating poverty.

While natural disasters do not discriminate, their long-term impact disproportionately falls on low-income communities of color.

Crime-free nuisance ordinances do not make communities safer.

The United States is facing a lead crisis on a national scale — and it’s harming low-income children of color the most.

Our Impact

Unfair background screening practices create barriers to housing.

Shriver Center participates in White House meeting with tenant leaders, advocates, and providers.

We must remove barriers that limit people's ability to make those choices and to address the legacy of racism that is embedded in our country's housing policies.

Shriver Center & Legal Impact Network members lend voices to stop this proposed rule to upend the longstanding legal standard of disparate impact.


Feb 2023

Eviction filings hamper tenants' ability to find a new home, regardless of the outcome of the case.

Jul 2020

A collection of readings, research, and tools to help guide an understanding of structural racism.

Jul 2020

Illinois landlords cannot threaten or evict tenants because of their immigration status

Jul 2020

Housing protections for justice-involved people in Illinois

Jun 2020

The Fight for Environmental Justice in Federally Assisted Housing

Mar 2020

Links to information and useful resources to aid communities seeking support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jul 2018

The policy of aldermanic prerogative has hindered development of affordable housing and racial integration in the City of Chicago

Attorneys and Specialists

Eric Sirota
Eric Sirota
Eric Sirota
Director of Housing Justice


Joerika Stitt
Joerika Stitt
Joerika Stitt
Staff Attorney, Housing Justice


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